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Your kind of looking at brands as there is no universal protocol. The cheapest is probably x-10 which uses a very unreliable signal thru the house wiring. Beyond that google around insteon vs. zigbee vs. z-wave vs. upb for a flavor of option$


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I've seen every type of "home automation light switch" system, but they all require some sort of "hub" by a company. Some communicate wirelessly and others do not. They also have varying levels of security. If you are still against a hub, there is one more option you have: Solid state relays. You can wire them inline before all your lights, then put an ...


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There is a very simple to install and inexpensive minisplit adapter that will allow you to control your minisplit system with the Nest thermostat. You can contact the manufacturer by email at minisplitcontroladapter@gmail.com


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Use an Arduino and sensors/relays, or take the easy way: Z-Wave with MiCasaVerde.


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There are certainly lots of systems which are basically just the controls and the hub which manages them. In some cases the hub has its own computer and software, in others (cheaper) it's just an interface that connects to a computer you supply; the programming info for those is generally available if you want to write your own software rather than using ...


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Do you have more than one switch that controls the fan? The light? If this is new construction, typically a red wire is used for a 3-way switch, along with the typical black, white and bare copper. White - common Black - "Hot" Red - 3-way wire Copper - Ground (Not common!) If this was a prior re-wire, you may have a case where the person doing it did ...


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The tone of your post scares me a little. Meaning if you are working in this box and cannot even identify the neutral, and are asking if one of the blacks is it, you should really get some experience or read up on basic home wiring before you start pulling things apart. Bottom line is, the bundle of spliced whites in the bak of the box is your neutral.


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Just found this Kwikset IoT lock. Differentiate inside/outside. * Touch to lock/open * Bluetooth phone or hardware token * Guest key possible. HTH,


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I never implemented something like this but I did implement something similar with other uses. I also asked a question here for automating parts of the home based on user that entered. It can be implemented using OpenHab with the NetworkHealth binding : https://github.com/openhab/openhab/wiki/Network-Health-Binding. There is no need to issue different ...


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Doorbells generally run on 16-20 volts AC power. You can detect events using a microcontroller as seen here: http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/96136/how-to-sense-24v-ac-thermostat-with-a-5v-microcontroller Some computers (Intel Edison, Raspberry Pi) both run linux and have GPIO inputs; otherwise you'll have to rig up a microcontroller and ...



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